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Trojan bowling teams defeat Little Dutch, lose at Keokuk

Both the Fairfield boys and girls bowling teams hosted Pella on Dec. 1 at Flamingo Lanes and then traveled to Keokuk on Dec. 4 to face their Southeast Conference rivals, the Chiefs.

Dec. 1 versus Pella

The Trojan ladies defeated the Little Lady Dutch 1,814 to 1,365, and were led by sophomore Nellie Higdon who rolled a 303 (168,135) series with a 112 average. She was followed by senior Jenna Wickenkamp’s 263(134,129), sophomore Willow Elliott’s 246 (116,130), sophomore Sophia Mineart’s 210 (120,90), sophomore Cassie Bringman’s 206 (88,118) and senior Lexi Kiefer’s 183 (97,86). The top five scores count toward the varsity total with the low-series from each team dropped.

“Nellie is a first year bowler and 168 is her personal best!” explained head coach Lisa Greenig, who added that this was also Willow’s first varsity experience. “The girls scores were a good team balance. It seemed when one bowler was lower than average, there was another higher than average [game] to make up the difference. This was a good team effort.”

Dec. 4 at Keokuk

The Trojans did not bowl poorly at all against SEC rival Keokuk, however, they did lose 2,344 to 1,681 on the road to the top team in the conference Tuesday evening.

Top series in round one went to Nellie Higdon with 278 (143,135), followed by McKayla Taylor 237 (108, 129), Willow Elliott 232 (117,115), Jenna Wickenkamp 217 (93,124), Sophie Mineart 203 (109,94) and Cassie Bringman 196 (113,83).

Splits Converted: Higdon (5-7) and Elliott (4-5)

Boys

The Trojan guys bested the Little Dutch 2693 to 2477 Dec. 1 in a non-conference match at Flamingo Lanes.

“This was a nice win for our first home match of the season,” said Grennig. “Fairfield only led by 19 pins going into the Baker round, and our boys did a nice job of coming together and creating some great baker games.

Fairfield was led in round one by top series roller junior Drake Rippey 377 (215,162), followed by senior Giuseppi Smith 365 (168,197), senior Shane Morrissey 356 (191,165), junior Ben Johnston 327 (144,183), senior Dalton Rippey 321 (118,203) and sophomore Chance Swan 309 (154,155).

Splits converted: Drake 5-6, Ben 3-7 and Shane 3-9-10

Dec. 4 at Keokuk

Fairfield fell to the same fate on both the boys and girls scorecards at the Chiefs Tuesday night, with the guys falling 2,893 to 2,717.

Top series in round one for the Trojans was Drake Rippey 397 (206,191), followed by Giuseppi Smith 367 (159,208), Chance Swan 354 (188,166), Shane Morrissey 343 (140,203), Dalton Rippey 321(150,171) and Sam Mattson 291 (136,155).